Search on for Buddy
No News is good news, and that certainly is the feeling from Espresso To Go staff in Matamata, who remain hopeful for Buddy’s return.
Buddy, the Espresso To Go store cat, has been missing for about two weeks after being mauled by an un-leashed dog in a neighbouring business.
Barista Maggie Scelly says staff have been overwhelmed by the positive and caring community response to the attack and Buddy’s disappearance.
‘‘We have had lots of people call in. A lot of caring genuine people saying ‘don’t give up hope he will show up’.’’
Scelly says if nothing else, the attack has highlighted the rules dog owners need to be aware of before thinking of bringing their canines in the CBD.
Matamata-Piako District Council’s dog control bylaw states that dogs are prohibited in the central business areas between 8am and 6pm, seven days a week, unless it is a service dog, or visiting a vet. The canine must be leashed. Unleashed dogs are not permitted in the CBD any time.
The hopeful Espresso To Go staff have kept Buddy’s bed and food out for him, and have continued to regularly hunt for him after closing. Scelly says a few people have called in saying they have seen a cat fitting Buddy’s description, but there has been no confirmed sighting.